60 years of McLaren - The history of papaya

Published on 9 November 2023 at 16:30

 McLaren Motor Racing Ltd was founded in 1963 by New Zealander driver Bruce McLaren. 

It took five years to win their first Grand Prix in Belgian in 1968 before their dominant success in the Canadian-American challenge cup (Can-Am) years. The McLaren M6A was first introduced to the world of racing and the papaya colour was born.

Since Bruce McLaren's death in 1970 - the McLaren legacy lives on.

With over 180 Grand Prix wins and 20 world championships from the likes of the late Ayrton Senna and Niki Lauda, the team stand at one of the most successful racing teams in history.

One of McLaren's most famous era's was Senna Vs. Prost and the teammate rivalry between 1988-1989. They each won one world-championship in the McLaren-Honda. Commentators and fans around the world saw the pairs relationship as fierce with multiple confrontations between the drivers on numerous occasions on track.

60 years on and the papaya car still races strong with over 500 podiums, current drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri are hoping to add to those numbers to keep the McLaren family strong.


Harley Parker










Driver Championship Year
Emerson Fittipaldi 1974
James Hunt 1976
Niki Lauda 1984
Alain Prost 1985, 1986, 1989
Ayrton Senna 1988, 1990, 1991
Mika Hakkinen 1998,1999
Lewis Hamilton 2008

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